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The Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA) and Architects Declare have launched an open call for research to present at the inaugural Built Environment Summit and to form accompanying report, which will be presented to global leaders at the 26th UN Climate Change Conference of the Parties (COP26).
Co-hosted by RIBA and Architects Declare, the Built Environment Summit (BESt) will take place in London from 28-29 October 2021. The summit will share examples of innovative practice and explore ways to harness political support to decarbonise the built environment, ahead of COP26.
The open call seeks evidence, research, and exemplar projects (built or un-built) under the following themes:
Alongside the call for research, the RIBA and Architects Declare also invite Expressions of Interest to sit on the BESt Expert Advisory Panel. The Panel will support the selection of contributors and curation of the conference.
RIBA President Elect, Simon Allford, said: “The need to decarbonise the built environment has never been more urgent. We cannot meet the Paris Agreement goals without making substantial changes to the way we design, build, operate, and adapt our built environment. The Built Environment Summit – and accompanying report – will drive that message to Governments at COP26. I urge architects, engineers, planners, and construction professionals to share their critical research, to help build pressure and effect change.”
BESt Steering Group Member, Maria Smith, explained that the challenge faced is not individual, but collective and systemic.
“The solution therefore must also be collective and systemic,” she continued. “This report and summit are an ambitious and inspiring project to bring together voices from across the global built environment community to speak to governments and collectively bring about this urgently needed change.”
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